This Week In Trailers: Charlie Victor Romeo
by Christopher Stipp
Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we get revenge, Korean style, shoot off some bottle rockets in the hopes of getting to the moon, watch pilots go down with the plane, take a moment to reflect on friendship between men, and then lose our minds when some men are lost at sea.
Charlie Victor Romeo Trailer
There is just no way to explain what’s happening here without sounding too effusive.
The bass, the bend in the audio, that starts this teaser trailer is crushing. I’m not sure what I’m listening to but the disorientation is exactly what I think they’re going for and it’s unnerving. I want to see this right now.
What makes it so powerful is how it keeps you off-center. The noise, the voices, and then it hits you with its accolades. The festivals, the pull-quotes, and then the actors. You can infer that what we’re seeing is a re-enactment, an interpretation of a moment aboard a plane, so it’s not that it’s particularly revelatory but that the foreboding and unease you get when a pilot talks about not being able to make it to an airport is when you feel it in your gut. It’s a stage play but there is such a richness in this teaser that you don’t really focus on the theatrics as you do the content of their voices. It somehow feels more real than it should be and any case as to why this has to be one of the must-see’s this fall has just been made in under a minute.